Plains Edition Obituaries 3-3-12
Eldon H. Howard, 76, of Grand Island, Neb., passed away February 13, 2012 at St. Francis Medical Center.He was born July 18, 1935 at home in Madison Square Community of Loup County, the son of Jack and Agnes (Kamery) Howard. He was raised in the Custer and Loup County areas, graduating from Sargent High School, class of 1952. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1960. He was united in marriage to Margaret Gruber on December 31, 1960 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sargent, Neb. Eldon spent five years in construction, having to move and relocate often. He and Margaret had four wonderful children born in three different states South Dakota, Kansas, and New Mexico. He later moved his family to Sargent where he operated Howard Feed along with his parents. This eventually led to his trucking career where he owned and operated Howard’s Trucking, until he retired after 37 years. After retirement Eldon took on a new role as the Business Manager of Howard Psychiatric Services in Hastings. Some of Eldon’s enjoyments included his grandchildren, his mules and Welsh ponies, trail rides, especially his family trail rides, family reunions, and collecting antique farm equipment.He was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Platt Duetsche and the Harness Hustlers, where he enjoyed the many valuable friendships he made.He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Margaret; children and their spouses, Dr. Susan Howard and Jeffrey Thies of Hastings, Neb., Steven and Stephanie Howard of Omaha, Neb., Thomas and Sarah Howard of Columbia, Mo., and Barbara and Andrew Monson of Lincoln, Neb.; one sisters, Elaine Zurek of Omaha, Neb.; and two brothers, Jerry Howard of Red Oak, Iowa and Gale Howard and Karen O’Dell of Bruno, Neb.; his grandchildren, Benjamin Howard, Madeline Howard, Hannah Monson, Amelia Howard, Carter Monson, Nicholas Howard, Joseph Howard, Timothy Thies, Meghan Thies, Grace Monson and numerous extended family and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents; a nephew, Bruce Zurek; sister in law, Shannon Howard and Bonnie Hoffheins; and a brother in law, Dennis Zurek.Services were held February 17, 2012 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.Burial will be in the Grand Island City Cemetery.
Paul Albertus Ansley, 87, of Kersey, Colo., passed away February 22, 2012 in Greeley, Colo. He was born March 16, 1924 to William Evan and Dora (Walker) Ansley at the family ranch near Haswell, Colo. While growing up he attended a one room school house until 8th grade, at which time he started working full time between the home ranch and Rush Creek Ranch, north of the home place. Paul married Ethel R. Larrew on May 21, 1945 in Garden City, Kan. After marriage they owned and operated ranches in Haswell, Karval, Fairplay, and Orchard, Colo. Paul loved all aspects of ranching. The ranch in Orchard was sold in 1989, moving to Kersey to retire, but retirement was far from his mind. Paul traveled around, helping his sons on their ranches for over a decade, before ill health forced him to stay closer to home. He stayed busy in his “free” time collecting pop cans off the side of the road. Paul knew no stranger, telling stories and visiting with anyone. Above all was his love for his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; daughters, Charlotte Hansen of Monument, and Pamela Rucker (Rick) of Buena Vista, Colo.; sons, Chet Ansley (Stephanie) of Hemingford, Neb., Rod Ansley (Sandy) of Seneca, Neb., Den Ansley (Rona) of Lemoyne, Neb. and Scott Ansley (Tawanna) of Harrisburg, Neb. and a nephew raised like a son, Mike Herrell of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers, George Ansley (Cora) and David Ansley (Lucille) all of Haswell, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, William Ansley, granddaughter, Melanie Ansley and a son-in-law, Ron Hansen. Service’s were held March 2, 2012 at Stoddard Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Colorado or Caring Hearts, or a charity of your choice in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley, Colo., 80634.
Donald “Ray” Tindle, Sr., 61, of Frazee, Minn., formerly of Lincoln, Neb., passed away February 15, 2012,.He was born September 18, 1950, to True & Muriel (Wilson) Tindle, in Fairfax, Missouri. He grew up with his large family in Neb. He met Jackie in July of 1969 in Lincoln, Neb. The couple was united in marriage on June 26, 1970 in Lincoln. The marriage was blessed with five children. Ray had many jobs as a young man but once he began driving truck for Midwest Refuge he found a job he loved, he later became the truck and compactor mechanic which he continued for nearly 30 years. When Ray was not busy with work, Ray enjoyed the time he could spend with his family and friends. Ray and Jackie often camped with their family and friends eventually becoming Campground Hosts. Ray also loved boating and fishing whenever he got the chance. Ray was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jackie; five children: Airon (Kerry) Tuttle of Lincoln, Neb., Cori Rystrom of Denver, Colo., Donald Tindle Jr., of Lincoln, Neb., Bill (Lois) Tindle of Crofton, Neb. and Jennifer (Tom) Thomsen of Brainerd, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; six siblings, Dennis (Faye) Tindle of Leavenworth, Kan., Shirley (Wyman) Simmons of Springdale, Ariz., Robert Tindle of Lincoln, Neb., James (Shelly) Tindle of Spokane, Wash., Betty (Dennis) Statsney of Omaha, Neb., Charles (Nola) Tindle of Springfield, Ill.; brother-in-law, Ken Osmon of Fairbury, Neb.. and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Donna Osmon and infant brother, Harvey Tindle. Service’s were held February 25, 2012 at the Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home.
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